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Health care benefits: Access, participation, and take-up rates

Table 9. Health care benefits: Access, participation, and take-up rates,1 State and local government workers, National Compensation Survey, March 2011

(All workers = 100 percent)

Characteristics

Health care2

Medical care

Dental care

Vision care

Outpatient prescription drug
coverage

Access

Participation

Take-up
rate

Access

Participation

Take-up
rate

Access

Participation

Take-up
rate

Access

Participation

Take-up
rate

Access

Participation

Take-up
rate

All workers

88

78

90

87

72

83

55

47

86

39

31

80

86

71

83

Worker characteristics

                             

Management, professional, and related

90

80

89

89

73

82

55

47

85

39

30

78

89

72

82

    Professional and related

89

79

89

89

73

82

55

47

85

37

29

78

88

72

81

        Teachers

89

79

89

89

73

82

53

46

86

35

28

80

88

72

82

            Primary, secondary, and special education
             school teachers

98

87

89

98

81

82

59

50

86

37

30

80

97

79

82

Service

81

73

90

81

68

84

50

43

86

37

29

80

79

66

84

    Protective service

88

81

92

88

76

86

61

53

87

44

36

81

86

73

85

Sales and office

88

79

90

88

73

82

60

51

86

43

36

82

86

71

83

    Office and administrative support

89

80

90

89

73

82

59

51

86

43

36

83

87

72

83

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

95

86

91

95

82

86

64

56

88

40

34

85

94

81

86

Production, transportation, and material moving

84

76

90

82

69

84

56

48

86

36

30

86

81

68

84

Full time

99

89

90

99

82

83

62

54

86

44

35

80

97

81

83

Part time

26

21

80

26

18

69

17

13

78

12

9

75

26

18

69

Union

96

87

91

95

78

82

73

63

86

54

46

84

93

77

82

Nonunion

81

71

88

81

67

83

41

35

85

26

19

73

80

67

83

Average wage within the following categories:3

                             

    Lowest 25 percent

69

60

87

69

57

82

34

29

85

23

17

75

68

55

82

        Lowest 10 percent

54

45

84

54

43

81

19

16

82

13

9

72

53

43

80

    Second 25 percent

91

83

91

91

77

84

60

52

87

42

33

80

89

75

84

    Third 25 percent

94

85

90

94

79

84

60

52

85

42

34

81

93

78

84

    Highest 25 percent

97

88

90

97

79

81

68

58

85

50

41

82

96

78

81

        Highest 10 percent

97

89

91

97

79

82

71

61

86

52

44

85

96

79

82

Establishment characteristics

                             

Service-providing industries

88

78

90

87

72

83

55

47

86

39

31

80

86

71

83

    Education and health services

89

79

89

89

72

81

52

45

85

35

27

78

88

71

81

        Educational services

89

79

89

88

72

81

51

44

85

34

27

79

88

71

81

            Elementary and secondary schools

89

79

88

89

72

80

51

43

84

34

27

78

88

70

80

            Junior colleges, colleges, and universities

86

79

92

86

73

84

52

45

88

34

27

79

86

73

84

        Health care and social assistance

91

81

89

91

75

83

61

52

87

40

31

77

89

74

83

            Hospitals

94

83

89

94

77

82

62

52

85

36

27

76

92

76

82

    Public administration

88

80

91

88

74

85

62

53

86

48

39

82

86

73

85

1 to 99 workers

74

66

89

74

63

85

42

37

87

29

24

81

72

62

85

    1 to 49 workers

68

60

88

67

57

85

39

33

84

25

20

78

66

56

85

    50 to 99 workers

84

76

90

84

72

86

47

42

90

36

30

85

83

70

85

100 workers or more

90

80

90

89

74

82

57

49

86

40

32

80

88

73

82

    100 to 499 workers

85

76

90

85

71

84

53

48

89

34

28

84

82

69

84

    500 workers or more

91

82

90

91

74

82

59

50

84

43

34

79

90

74

82

State government

94

86

92

94

81

86

60

53

89

47

36

78

92

79

86

Local government

86

76

89

85

70

81

54

46

84

36

29

81

84

68

81

Geographic areas

                             

New England

84

75

89

84

68

81

53

47

89

20

17

86

81

66

81

Middle Atlantic

87

81

94

87

77

88

64

58

90

50

45

90

85

76

89

East North Central

80

69

86

79

61

77

66

54

82

47

34

73

79

60

77

West North Central

84

72

85

84

66

79

51

43

84

11

8

70

77

60

78

South Atlantic

90

80

88

90

75

84

47

39

84

40

24

61

89

75

84

East South Central

95

86

91

95

86

91

24

17

69

6

5

84

95

86

91

West South Central

90

76

85

90

74

82

21

19

87

14

11

80

90

74

82

Mountain

87

78

90

87

65

75

73

63

86

36

31

86

87

65

75

Pacific

90

87

96

90

75

83

85

75

88

78

70

89

89

74

83

1The take-up rate is an estimate of the percentage of workers with access to a plan who participate in the plan, rounded for presentation. See Technical Note for more details.

2Health care is a collective term for the following benefits: medical, dental, and vision care benefits; and outpatient prescription drug coverage. If workers have access to or participate in at least one of these benefits, they are considered as having access to or
participating in health care.

3The categories are based on the average wage for each occupation surveyed, which may include workers with earnings both above and below the threshold. The average wages are based on the estimates published in the "National Compensation Survey:
Occupational Earnings in the United States, 2010." See Technical Note for more details.


NOTE: For definitions of major plans, key provisions, and related terms, see the "Glossary of Employee Benefit Terms" at www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/glossary20102011.htm.